Chartres Cathedral Facade, France

Unlike other medieval cathedrals that I have seen, which were damaged and rebuilt several times, Chartres cathedral has undergone minor changes. Built in 13th century, the façade we get to see today is almost the same as it was when it was built. There were attempts to destroy it during the French Revolution, but the clever townspeople managed to save it. Prior to WWII, the stained glass paintings were removed and stored safely. The panels are pure visual delight. Its two spires are different (unsymmetrical).

The cathedral was a famous pilgrimage centre because it was believed that the cathedral had the famous relic, the Sancta Camisa, said to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ’s birth. According to legend, the relic was given to the cathedral by Charlemagne who received it as a gift from Emperor Constantine VI during a crusade to Jerusalem. There is no evidence to prove this claim though.

View of the facade from its west end.

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29 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    the 2 different spires are very interesting! 🙂

  2. Sylvia K says:

    It is indeed an awesome cathedral, Indrani! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. How clever of the townspeople to take down and store the stained glass! Brilliant!

  4. Fantastic Gothic cathedral.
    It has a wonderful stained glass windows.

  5. Carver says:

    That's a very beautiful cathedral and you captured it so well.

  6. Cloudia says:

    Charters likes Chartres!

    ALOHA from Waikiki, I
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  7. Wow…so beautiful!!

  8. what a great story and history this cathedral has and glad it was saved…you always have such interesting places.

  9. Isn't it wonderful that people have gone to great lengths to save this through times of war? Amazing it has stood so long!

  10. Karen says:

    What a lovely church!

  11. ladyfi says:

    Truly magnificent!

  12. the church is very impressive.

  13. Jidhu Jose says:

    happy Skywatch Friday

  14. eileeninmd says:

    Nice story, I am glad the stained glass was taken down and saved. The spires are cool, it is a beautiful cathedral! Great shot, Indrani!

  15. good pic…. the two towers are unique…

  16. DeniseinVA says:

    A magnificent cathedral and a great photo.

  17. Unusual with the different style spires.

  18. Joyful says:

    The plain sky makes a good backdrop for the cathedral photo. Happy SWF!

  19. Nisha Jha says:

    I admire the way you write in detail in every post, Indrani.

    Keep it up.

  20. Great stuff. Thanks for the info as well as the beautiful photo.

  21. AVCr8teur says:

    Interesting the townspeople had the foresight to save the stained glass windows during the war.

  22. Panchali says:

    Very nice glad people made efforts to save the stain-glass etchings. Thanks, Indrani.

  23. Rajesh says:

    Such an old church, still intact.

  24. AmitAag says:

    Wonderfully captured!

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